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Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS beds were available for patients sectioned under mental health legislation in each of the last five years. (204084)

National health service beds are not strictly allocated for patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 or other mental health legislation. A person detained under mental health legislation will be allocated an available mental health bed, in a suitable facility.

Data about the availability of mental health beds is shown in the following table.

The year on year reduction in mental health bed numbers reflects the increasing provision by the national health service in England of treatment for patients with mental health conditions in primary care and community settings, without the need for hospital admissions.

Average daily number of beds available for acute mental health services in the NHS in England

2002-03

32,753

2003-04

32,252

2004-05

31,286

2005-06

29,802

2006-07

27,914

Source:

Department of Health form KH03

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were sectioned under mental health legislation in each of the last five years. (204085)

Information about the number of patients detained in England under the Mental Health Act 1983 (and related legislation) between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2007 is shown in the following table:

Total detentions in NHS and independent hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other legislation, 2002-03 to 2006-07 (excluding detentions in places of safety): England

Number of detentions

2002-03

46,489

2003-04

45,691

2004-05

46,673

2005-06

47,394

2006-07

48,083

Note:

The table represents the total number of detentions for the period requested not necessarily the number of patients. It is possible that a patient could be detained on more than one occasion over a twelve month period.

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care: bulletins on in-patients formally detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other legislation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people absconded from secure NHS units in each of the last five years. (204086)

The Department does not routinely collect data on absconsions from national health service low or medium secure mental health services. Data are collected by the Department on absconsions from high secure mental health hospitals and the five most recent years’ data are shown in the following table.

Absconsions from NHS high secure units in England, 2003 to 2007

Rampton

Broadmoor

Ashworth

Total

2003

1

0

0

1

2004

0

1

0

1

2005

0

0

1

1

2006

0

0

0

0

2007

0

0

0

0

Source:

Department of Health Secure Services